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17 Jun 2011

Low blood count
Hi Cyber Doc,
My dad was diagnosed with acute liver failure in December last year. His bloodcount was 5.4 and he had a blood transfusion. Nothing was picked up on internal bleeding and he was sent home. It is now exaclty 6 months to the day and his blood count is 5. He had another blood transfusion and was set for another G-scope. The sonar showed no signs on internal bleeding. What could cause his blood count to drop so low every 6 months?
If this is because of his liver failing what can be done?
Your help is much appreciated.
Regards
Melissa
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CyberDoc
cyberdoc

01 Jan 0001

Melissa

The most likely reason for his low haemoglobin count is the possibility of gastro-intestinal bleeding. He should consult a gastroenterologist for an examination, gastroscopy and colonoscopy. The liver failure should be investigated, as there are different treatments available.

Please refer to the following article about liver failure: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chronic_liver_failure

It is important to note that your father will have bleeding tendancy due to the fact that with liver failure, the normal clotting process is disturbed.

Regards



Dr Anrich
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